Flight Instructor Rating

AVI50516 Diploma of Aviation (Flight Instructor) &
CASA Flight Instructor Rating (FIR)
12 weeks Full Time  | Not available Part Time
Domestic AU$26,167 | International AU$N/A | Instalments Available
VET Student Loans available to eligible full time domestic students
Pending demand: 12 February 2019 (applications close December 14 2018) | 13 August 2019
Gold Coast Airport, Australia
Australian CPL, ASIC, Class 1 Medical, Spinning Endorsement

Summary information for guidance purposes only. Conditions and eligibility criteria apply. Details below.

Course Details


Air Gold Coast's Flight Instructor Rating course is conducted in accordance with the requirements in CASA Part 61T.

The course commences with an aeronautical knowledge assessment and right hand seat introduction flight (included in tuition fees) followed by the Principles and Methods of Instruction (PMI) module. The PMI program is based on the FAA Flight Instructor Handbook which also prepares candidates for the CASA Flight Instructor exam.

Following the PMI course, candidates will undertake an intense ten weeks classroom and flying program to develop the skills required to be successful Flight Instructor. Flight training sessions are conducted in a Cessna 172.

Upon successful completion of the course graduates will be issued with a CASA Flight Instructor Rating with a Grade 3 Training Endorsement and Diploma of Aviation (Flight Instructor).



Course Outcomes:

All course outcomes are official Australian Government recognised qualifications registered with and regulated by the Australian Skills Quality Authority (ASQA) and the Australian Civil Aviation Safety Authority (CASA).

• AVI50416 Diploma of Aviation (Instructor Rating)
• CASA Flight Instructor Rating (FIR)

Course Duration: 12 weeks full time (Part Time not available)

Course Intakes:

• 12 February 2019 (applications close December 14) - Apply Now
• 13 August 2019 - Apply Now

Note: Minimum numbers apply. Course dates subject to change.

Course Structure:

Phase I: Principles & Methods of Instruction (2 weeks)
Phase II: Flight Training (10 weeks)

Enrolment Details

Domestic Students

Entry Criteria:

• Australian Commercial Pilots’ Licence
• Eligible for a Class 1 Aviation Medical Certificate
• Eligible for an Aviation Security Idenctification Card (ASIC)
• All applicants must complete an interview with the Chief Flying Instructor and FIR Course instructor to determine suitability for the course

Special Conditions:
• Spinning Flight Activity Endorsement
• This course requires an entry Interview conducted by the Air Gold Coast Chief Flying Instructor.
• Australian Certificate IV in Training & Assessment is recommended but not a requirement of the course. Air Gold Coast does not conduct this qualification so trainees are directed to contact their local TAGE for further assistance.

Tuition Fees:

Estimated Total Tuition Fee*: AU$26,167

*Fees are subject to change. Training as part of AVI50516 Diploma of Aviation (Flight Instruction) is GST exempt. Full details, terms and conditions provided in writing upon successful application.

Payment Options:

Self funded domestic students may pay in advance or in 12 equal weekly instalments.

This course is approved for VET Student Loans (VSL). Australian students may apply to use VSL only if they are eligible and undertake the course full time.

For more information, please visit our VSL Page.

Flight Training Inclusions


• Principles and Methods of Instruction Course
• 29.0 Hours Dual Flying
• 7.0 Hours Mutual Flying
• 1.5 Hours Flight Test
• 15 Hours Procedural Trainer
• 50 Hours Dual Briefings
• 50 Hours Readback Briefings
• Landing and Airways Charges
• Course Materials
• CASA PMI Exam Fee
• Enrolment Fee



Our training fees do NOT include the following items which students will need to provide at their own expense:

• ATO Flight Testing Officer Fees ($900 approx)
• Aviation Security Identification Card (ASIC)
• Cost associated with gaining Certificate IV in Training & Assessment
• Cost associated with gaining Spinning Flight Activity Endorsement

Note: Second and subsequent attempts for exams and flight tests, remedial ground and flight training are an additional student expense . They are charged at the relevant course aircraft/ instructor hourly rate.